Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association


November, 2010
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Japanese Umbrella Pine
Also known as Sciadopitys verticillata, this stately evergreen catches the eye, inviting second and third glances. Its airy branches hold whorls of smooth, shiny green needles that look like umbrella spokes. Fossils date this ancient tree to the upper Triassic Period. In Japan, it's considered sacred. Historical records note that one in Kyoto Prefecture has been worshiped since 1310. People attending an annual Buddhist festival there touch the Umbrella Pine in hopes of being blessed with healthy children.

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